"Faith, acts promptly and boldly on the occasion, on slender evidence."
It's comforting to choose a path that seems well-lit and predictable. But, once in a while, we seem to know with inexplicable confidence that it's time to take a risk.
Moving in faith takes a joyful heart and willingness to surrender perfectionism. Those leaps, both big and small, bring us to a new level of living, thinking and loving.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014
What would it be like to experience life directly, vividly, without the presence of an explanatory and intervening story?
The need for certainty is the only prison that locks us away
from the spontaneous joy of living.
I'll tell you a
little secret if you promise not to freak out. *whispered*
The door has never been locked.
Just walk through the door into a friendlier dimension...
I no longer base life on the words in sacred books although
I was a student for many years. Direct experience is the best teacher, I feel.
I have found that life and relationships are simply too
"squiggly" to fit within the confines of any given theoretical,
philosophical, or theological template.
Launch out alone from the Shore of Certainty and see what
wonders await you in the hidden depths of unknowing and dress accordingly
One surveys the religious and spiritual landscape becoming
well acquainted with all, until the day arrives when you pack it all up and
drop it in the shit can and walk away naked.
We are bound only by our own imaginary fears until we
realize one day that certainty is the prison that holds us.
I had some "heavy mystical experience" with a few aftershocks
later, but they were dropped in an ego that was unprepared to hold them in
balance, so it took be decades to recover my balance...a blessing and a curse,
these "mystical experiences."
Which is probably why our parents warn us of the dangers of
ego inflation after such experiences of altered consciousness?
There is no 'spiritual life' without first establishing a
reasonably healthy psyche. The new crop of spiritual teachers perhaps a few
exceptions never did their homework and now covers this up by pretending to
Regarding the spiritual quest, there is ultimately no help
to be found outside of yourself. But then, there really is nothing outside of you too.